Trials to experiment 4th Substitution in extra time

Monday, 19 June 2017

Coaches will have the opportunity to make a fourth substitution in extra time, while referees will be able to show yellow and red cards to non-playing staff in the technical area. The decision to conduct the two trials was taken by the UEFA Executive Committee in Cardiff on 1 June.

Fourth substitution

Under the guidelines of the trial, a fourth substitution is permitted if a match goes to extra time. The fourth substitution can be made whether or not the team has already used the maximum number of substitutes permitted.

IFAB decided to analyse the impact that the use of a fourth substitution in extra time would have on the match and its outcome following a number of requests from the footballing community.

Football's lawmakers received the results from a limited pre-study survey carried out by FIFPro, which suggested that allowing fourth substitutions would be favoured by players, coaches and football administrators. Nearly 85% of the individuals consulted were in favour of fourth substitutions.

To permit the study to take place, the IFAB required detailed statistics from previous competitions with extra time over the last four years, while there was also input from stakeholders, such as coaches and medical staff.

The UEFA Executive Committee decided in Cardiff that both trials will be continued at a further three national team tournaments in 2017: UEFA Women's EURO 2017 in the Netherlands; the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Georgia and UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, which is taking place in Northern Ireland.


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